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Fresh air system HRV & ERV


June 28, 2017, 2:51 am

Hi there, This is Victina who dealing with the HRV & ERV. Many houses choose the ventilation system now. Have you use one? Kindly like to listen your opinions about this. Victina Read more »

Using 2" schedule 40 pipe as support for basketball backboard and hoop


June 8, 2017, 4:31 am

I wish to put up a basketball hoop, using 2 schedule 40 pipe. Is this pipe sufficient from a strength perspective. I would cement it 4' below ground. Read more »

1000 sq ft out building with basement


May 22, 2017, 8:02 pm

Looking to build around a 1000 sq ft building just open layout but would want electricity to it. Also 9-11ft basement. (Shelter) what are the options out there can i go polebarn route? Or what wo... Read more »

apartment units VS parking spaces, question


May 1, 2017, 12:55 pm

I'm just curious, is anyone on here familiar with the local codes in their city as to how many parking spaces the city/township/municipality requires per unit in an apartment building? In the smal... Read more »

Form material for interior topping slab


April 28, 2017, 1:03 pm

Placing a ~3.5 topping slab to elevate a garage floor up to the house's sl ab grade on a remodel. We cut 6 wide strips of 1/8 Masonite to act as a perimeter form to set our screed lines. Wall stu... Read more »

Dropped a screwdriver down the toilet drain


April 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

I drop a screwdriver down a toilet drain. The drain is cast iron and straight down about 8 ft and then does a 90. The driver is laying at the 90 and I can just see the handle but none of the metal pa... Read more »

Reinforcing 2x6 attic joists above 2nd for conversion to 3rd floor living s...


April 22, 2017, 5:43 am

Seeing if anyone can help, I just bought a house built in 1908. Half of the attic was a finished with plastered and deteriorated over the years due to a leaky roof, the other half of the attic wa... Read more »

outdoor tankless water heater


March 31, 2017, 3:22 am

Are outdoor tankless water heaters allowed on a zero lot line wall? I know windows are not allowed, but a neighbor just installed a tankless heater on the outside wall. Read more »

load bearing wall with single top plate


December 12, 2016, 6:58 pm

Can an existing partition wall with a single top plate be used as a load bearing wall if strengthened? I was considering inserting 2x4 blocking between each stud (studs are 16 o.c.) and nailing them... Read more »

3/4" clean stone


November 2, 2016, 2:03 pm

How much does 1 yard of 3/4 clean stone weigh? Read more »

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drilling into rock rating: 5

Hi, I want to build stairs on our land, but need to drill into rock (granite i think) in order to make posts to connect the stairs to. My question is... is there a drilling tool (preferably as power... Read more »

Concrete Garage Slab Help! rating: 5

Hi all, Just need some advice on vapour sheets as well as laying the sub-grade. Anyway it has been raining a lot here in Melbourne (Australia) and the dirt was like rock before all this rain. The dir... Read more »

Composite Decking Yellowing in Sun! (Dow Symmatrix) rating: 5

A friend of mine has purchased enough of Dow Symmatrix for a fairly large sized deck. Grey color which is officially called driftwood apparently. It is yellowing in the sun while sitting in the dri... Read more »

Exterior Siding on Reddiform ICF rating: 5

I am looking for options for siding on ICF forms. These are solid foam with no nailers on them. Do any of you have any info for me? We are looking at some type of rock which may be cultured or not. ... Read more »

Cost of concrete driveway rating: 5

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Andy writes: I just got a bid on a 310 long driveway, 14 feet wide. It is to be 4 thick with rebar 18 OC. The bid is for $2.65 per sq foot. Is this a competitive bid ??? The area is North Texas ... Read more »

Round Swamp Cooler screen rating: 5

------------------------------------- Does anyone know how to get a new outside screen for a large round swamp cooler? They stopped selling them in the local area and mine crumbled when I tried to r... Read more »

Nail down hardwood florring parallel to floor joists rating: 5

P.Ostal ------------------------------------- Hi all I have open-web engineered floor joists at 19.2 centre, and they run along the longer length of the living/dining room. I have 3/4 particle board ... Read more »

Steel I Beams rating: 5

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Does anyone know what a 8 inch I beam weighs per foot? How far will one span un supported. We are looking at a spanning 40 foot in 2 sections with poured post / piller in the middle for support. 2 X ... Read more »

Does an attic fan need an override switch for a smoke alarm? rating: 5

I wanted to install an vent fan to cool down the attic. This is 100% attic air. No air sucked in from the living space. The house is in Massachussetts. Contractor says this fan needs an automatic s... Read more »

RCH BUILDERS Reduces Project Cost By $250,000 in London, Ontario rating: 5

RCH Builders is pleased to announce the recent completion of building renov ations and re-branding of a commercial building on one of London's busiest arteries, located on Adelaide Street, South i... Read more »

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